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Children and Youth Studies, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #185 (QS) Dublin, Ireland
The MSc in Children and Youth Studies at University College Dublin is an inter-disciplinary programme specialising in research, policy and practice in relation to children and young people.


The MSc in Children and Youth Studies at University College Dublin is an interdisciplinary programme specalising in research, policy and practice in relation to children and young people. Set in the context of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the programme explores key aspects of the welfare and well-being of children and young people from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It does so recognising the complexity and inter-dependence of issues facing contemporary childhoods and youth.

Learning outcomes

The programme encourages students to develop along a trajectory of critical thinking and independent learning through a series of tailored reading programmes matched to programme aims. Content is covered through a combination of lectures, laboratory work, seminars and tutorials with a strong emphasis on collaborative group work and active learning, including the use of on-line resources and discussion. A range of assessment strategies are incoroprated including essay, presentation, mind mapping and group project work.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Sociologies of childhood
  • Researching children and youth: mixed methodological approaches
  • Children’s social worlds
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Children and the law
  • Child welfare and protection
  • Children and young people across the education sectors (ECCE, primary and secondary schools)
  • Children and additional support needs

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Candidates applying to this programme will normally hold an honours degree at undergraduate level from a recognized higher education institution. Admission to this course is subject to an interview. 
  • We welcome international applicants and advise that applicants, whose first language is not English, should have an IELTS overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6, or equivalent. Only applicants who have met the English language results will be considered.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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